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Drupka Teshi

(Last Updated 03 Nov, 2022)

  • Dates :

    21/07/2023 - 21/07/2023

  • Location :

    Muguthang, Sikkim

The festival is conspicuous or the prayer ceremonies at the notable place named Muguthang; at North Sikkim it is followed by a Yak Race. Drupka Teshi is held on the fourth day of the 6th Tibetan Month, which falls around August. It is one of the most important festivals in Sikkim, Northeast. This is a Buddhist festival celebrated with full zeal as Buddha's first preaching of the "Noble Truths" at the deer park in Sarnath on this day. From start to end, you can feel the sacredness in the air and witness the vibrant atmosphere.

"Easy to do are things that are bad and not beneficial to self; But very, very hard to do indeed is that which is beneficial and good," said the Buddha in Dhammapada, the sacred book of the Buddhists. Buddha was a Universal preacher of Truth and Justice and is regarded as the savior of Mankind. Therefore, people pay homage by lighting lamps at Monasteries to please the Supreme Lord, Gautama Buddha.

Lord Buddha preached to the aficionados the correct path for the fulfillment of their lives. He said that the way is not complete abstinence from flesh and fish, nor is that of dwindling in mud and abandoning all worldly attires but to refine the mind from the bondage that makes us execute evil deeds.

These actions come to our mind in the following way; resentment, covetousness, avarice, sloth, gluttony, and envy are the cardinal sins that tempt a man to perform harmful deeds to lose his stronghold on the path of truth and shift from there. So, one has to leave these habits first before being enlightened.

Buddha preached the noble truths on the grounds of Benares. He left his wife and family and led the life of a beggar. He begged from place to place and, at last, came to his hometown, where his wife and sons greeted him with much hope. He started preaching his sermons at various locations and became the Universal Lord amongst people irrespective of class and creed.

He preached the path of Noble Truth, which relieved men from their daily angst and made them aware of the right way of progress, to his followers at Sarnath, also known as the Deer Park.

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